The Holy What? Understanding the Holy Spirit through Scripture & Prayer
Updated: Mar 28, 2022
The concept of the Holy Spirit absolutely blows my mind. I can just grasp the reality of God the Father and Jesus is easy to get. But this whole “Ask Jesus into your heart and you will have His Holy Spirit come upon you,” can be tough to wrap my brain around. And you know what? It’s okay to have these struggles and to not understand everything. The easiest way I know how to handle these hard concepts is to go to God and talk to him about them. Did you know that He loves it when we read His Word and speak it back to Him? So, why not start there? Here’s a list of 8 different scriptures to read and pray back to God.
Scripture: Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Prayer: Lord, I am overwhelmed at the thought that you died for me. Thank you for taking my place and forgiving my sins. I receive your forgiveness and I ask that I would feel the presence of the Holy Spirit.
Scripture: Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own…
-1 Corinthians 6:19
Prayer: Lord, I understand that my body is not my own. But sometimes it is hard to not give into my fleshly desires. Please help me think before I act in a way that could harm your temple.
Scripture: But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.
Prayer: Lord, there is so much that I do not know or understand when it comes to following you. Thank you that you have sent me a teacher to help me and to guide me as I go throughout each day. Please tattoo your words on my heart so I may never forget them.
Scripture: The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him— the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of might, the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the LORD…
Prayer: Lord, thank you that I may never feel alone. Please help me hear and seek your wisdom and counsel in all situations that come up. Help me to know you and to be more in awe of you every day.
Scripture: May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
Prayer: Lord, thank You that no matter the circumstances, I can always have peace and joy in knowing that You are in control and this world is not my home. Even if I am feeling sad or lonely or am going through a tough time, I know that you are my hope.
Scripture: “If you love me, keep my commands. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. “
Prayer: Lord, thank You that in a world filled with so much chaos and constant change, we know that You are absolute truth and that You do not change. Thank you for giving me that truth inside of me, and please help me to stick to Your truth instead of trying to justify my own.
Scripture: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control…
-Galatians 5: 22-23
Prayer: Lord, You say in Your Word that Your followers will be known by the fruit they bear. Please help me to embody the fruit of the Spirit, showing love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control when I am with my family, my friends, and my co-workers.
Scripture: In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.
Prayer: Lord, sometimes I just feel so lost or tired that I don’t even know what to ask for or what to say. Thank you that in those moments You know my heart and You have given me the Holy Spirit to literally cry out on my behalf. I have such peace knowing that your Spirit helps me in my weakest and darkest moments.
After reading these scriptures and praying these prayers, do you feel like you’ve grasped more of the Holy Spirit’s role in your walk with the Lord? It’s amazing how spending time with God helps you to feel His presence. Do you feel that stirring and that sense of peace? There He is. That’s the Holy Spirit at work inside of you. That’s God’s gift to all believers. We may not understand how it all works, but here’s the deal-if there are three parts of this amazing God, I want to make sure I am accessing the power that each of them can have in my life. Even if it blows my mind.
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